American Mountain Guides Association and recently started a climbing service, Peregrine Climbing Guides. He also spends time as a trip leader for the University of Alabama Outdoor Recreation. During the summer and shoulder seasons, he works in the field for the North Carolina Outward Bound School.
Derek is an avid rock climber, having climbed at numerous locations across the United States including such far-flung destinations as The Shawangunks in New York, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Joshua Tree National Park in California, Indian Creek in Utah, and the many beautiful crags of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. He has authored a handful of first ascents and particularly enjoys the mental and physical challenges of trad climbing. He is honing his skills as an ice climber in anticipation of things to come in the Rockies, the Sierras, and hopefully, the greater ranges of Alaska and Patagonia.
In addition to climbing, Derek enjoys whitewater boating--kayaking, rafting, and open-boat canoeing. He dabbles in just about anything outdoors, from backpacking to caving. When he is not outside, he is probably in a tent reading or hanging out by the campfire playing guitar or slack-lining.
You can find Derek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dmdebruin
|Photo by Chad Guenther|
My other interests include recreational rock climbing, trail running, camping, and yoga. I’ve been a horrible vegetarian for a couple years now, meaning I say “I’m vegetarian” then bite right into that Thanksgiving turkey… someday I hope to do better.
I also enjoy hand crafts such as knitting, sewing, and jewelry making. I love to read and write fiction … oh, and I’m a recovering coffee addict… that’s similar to my vegetarian status… again, someday I hope do better!
You can find Susan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/smdebruin
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